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Validus Capital成立1500万美元中小企业投资基金

新加坡的中小企业(SMEs)融资平台Validus Capital和资产管理公司Lighthouse Canton Group近日宣布,将联手推出LCV贸易融资基金。该基金致力于为新加坡的中小企业提供融资,初始资产为2000万新元(1500万美元),目标是在未来三年内筹集2亿新元(1.5亿美元)。

新加坡中小企业正面临着200亿新元(140亿美元)的融资缺口,该基金希望能够为这些中小企业融资至少10亿新元(7.44亿美元)。

Lighthouse Canton Group联合创始人兼首席信息官Rajesh Sundaresan表示:“随着这一基金的推出,我们将会填补目前主要由银行渠道覆盖的供需缺口。这项投资不仅比类似的固定收入投资回报率高,也能让投资者在大型企业风险之外实现固定收益投资组合的多样化。”

2017年7月,Validus Capital在A轮融资中获得了Vertex Ventures的支持。Validus Capital是一个连接中小企业与私人和上市公司以及新加坡政府关联实体的平台。在过去的两年中,该平台声称为新加坡的中小企业提供了8500多万新元的资金。

通过该基金,Lighthouse Canton Group将引入全球认可的投资者,并通过Validus平台为他们的投资组合提供资产级别访问权。

该公司在新闻发布会上表示,由于大多数融资工具都是短期融资,该基金将能够把资本重新部署到多家中小企业,从而实现投资组合的多元化。

在接受采访时,Validus Capital联合创始人兼首席执行官Ajit Raikar宣布,该公司计划于7月在印度尼西亚推出该平台,并于2019年1月在另一个尚未披露的国家推出。此外,该公司还期待在年底前从少数战略投资者手中完成B轮融资。

Validus Capital and Lighthouse Canton Group launched a $20 million fund to finance small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore on Friday (May 18), and hope to grow the fund to $200 million in the next three years.

The LCV Trade Finance Fund will invest in loans that originate from Validus' peer-to-peer lending platform. Validus, a portfolio company of Temasek Holdings' Vertex Ventures, has made disbursements of more than $85 million over the past 24 months. Lighthouse Canton is an independent asset manager.

Lighthouse Canton will, through the fund, bring in accredited investors globally and get them access to the SME asset class. Given that most financing facilities will be of short tenures, the fund will be able to redeploy the capital across multiple SMEs and diversify its portfolio in that way, according to a press release.

Joo Hock Chua, managing partner at Vertex Ventures, said he believes that the partnership between Lighthouse Canton and Validus Capital will benefit thousands of businesses, with the dedicated fund providing much-needed financing relief to Singapore SMEs: "We are proud to be able to support Validus in their mission to be a key catalyst for SME growth. The linking of global capital to the Singapore SME asset class is a sign of strength and belief in the SME ecosystem of Singapore."

The Validus platform has disbursed more than 1,100 facilities across multiple product types, Validus said. It connects with Singapore government-linked entities and private as well as listed corporates and on-boards their SME vendors under a pre-approved program. This provides SMEs with access to collateral-free financing options for on-going and future projects.


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